Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Yoga Guru | Spiritual Leader


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader, is the founder of the ‘Art of Living Foundation’, established in 1981 to help relieve individual stress, societal problems, & violence.

In 1997, he established the ‘International Association for Human Values’, a Geneva-based NGO that engages in relief work & rural development & aims to foster shared global values.

Emphasising that joy is only available in the present moment, his stated vision is to create a world free of stress & violence. His programmes are said to offer practical tools to help accomplish this.

In 1981, Gurudev established 'The Art of Living', an educational and humanitarian NGO that works in special consultative status with the United Nations and is present in 155 countries. He also founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in 1987.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Ravi Shankar was awarded the ‘Padma Vibhushan’, India’s Second Highest Civilian Award, in 2016. He was awarded Peru’s Highest Award, ‘Medalla de la Integración en el Grado de Gran Oficial’. He was also awarded the ‘International Peace Award’ in 2016.

Shri Shri Ravi Shankar has also received Colombia’s highest civilian award, ‘Orden de la Democracia Simón Bolívar’, the Sivananda World Peace award, Sivananda Foundation in 2012, the Culture in Balance Award, and World Culture Forum, Germany in 2009.

Forbes Magazine named him the fifth most powerful leader in India in 2009.

Why Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ?

In 2003 he launched the Business Ethics Corporate Culture and Spirituality Dialogue to strengthen human values ​​and ethics in business. This later evolved into establishing the World Forum for Ethics in Business, which convenes the International Ethics Conference.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an advocate for harmonious coexistence and spreads the message of love, non-violence and compassion. From speaking to business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Europe to delegating at the UN with Hindu and Muslim leaders, Gurudev emphasises human values and unity among others. 

He also addresses issues on inner-faith harmony, grassroot development and environmental sustainability.

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